PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - An iconic Pikeville restaurant will soon be closing its doors for good.
Jerry's Restaurant has been in business for more than 50 years.
It has been a staple in downtown Pikeville for several decades, but folks say it is the tradition and family history that mean so much to the community.
A landmark, an icon and a piece of Justice family history that soon will be no more.
"They opened the Jerry's in 1960 and operated it from Jerry's 1960 to present day, so 53 years that they have. Third generation right now is what we're into with the Justice family," said owner Drew Justice.
Justice grew up in Jerry's, once owned by his grandfather, passed to his father and now himself.
Being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of lunchtime crowds is something he has always known.
"It's been family to me, and that's more than anything it's been family. It's been a second home to me," he said.
But tough times have hit many including Jerry's, and Justice says it is time to say goodbye.
"Times change and we do appreciate everybody that's come by and had their last J-boy, strawberry pie, and hot fudge cake. This whole week we've been packed, swamped," said Justice.
Jerry's will be closing its doors on the famous hot fudge cake, booths of old regulars and lifetimes of memories that live in pictures on the walls.
"If the walls could tell you all that went through this place right here it would be unbelievable," said loyal customer Rita Blackburn.
For 53 years it was nothing short of an icon in downtown Pikeville.
"Everybody knew where to come: Jerry's. Good place to come to eat and have company," said Tivis Branham.
Branham has spent much of five decades seated at Jerry's.
"This is history. This is history itself really. I've seen so many things happen here that are good," he said.
He is far from alone.
"Ever since I been a little girl you know we couldn't wait to be able to get to drive and get to go to Jerry's and have their great strawberry pie," said Blackburn.
Many folks are walking through the doors one last time just to be able to take some time to reminisce before the building is closed for good.
"This is really a historical place in our town. I think the history of Pikeville is found in this restaurant," said Blackburn and Janet Burnette.
Jerry's will close its doors for good on Friday.